The Implant Process
Working in partnership with your dentist, we will create a treatment plan designed just for you. Treatment plans vary depending upon circumstances, including whether we will need to rebuild the implant site before implant placement The process generally takes 4-6 months from initiation of treatment to the day your implant-supported crown is delivered and requires four basic steps:
1. The consultation appointment: Step one is a comprehensive consultation when your medical and dental status is evaluated , including the bone height and width at the sites where implants are considered. If you are a candidate, our team will provide you with a detailed treatment plan including timing, presurgical and post surgical indications and cost of procedures.
2. Stage I surgery: implant placement: the implant is placed into the jawbone. Your jawbone will grow and fuse around the post to form a secure anchor for your new tooth, process called osseointegration. Dental implants require a healing period before the final crown can be delivered. Everyone heals at different speeds and depending on the quality and quantity of the bone your dental implant was placed in and on general health status.The healing period can range from three to six months.
3. Stage II surgery: healing abutment placement: the implant was covered to heal underneath the gums. At stage II surgery, a small incision is made and a healing abutment is placed to allow the gum tissue to be molded in preparation for the new crown. Sometimes this stage is not needed. After 2-3 weeks, when your gums are healed your dentist will continue the work in order to provide the crown over the implant.
4.Restorative phase for crown delivery at your referring dentist You can expect two appointments at your referring dentist: first appointment when the impressions, molds on your implant and surrounding gums are taken. Second appointment is the appointment when your dentist will affix the crown to the abutment with dental cement or a tiny screw.
In some cases (deficient bone) few steps may be added, to rebuild the bone for implant placement.
5.Implant maintennace.Maintenance is the period after your implant is restored. Our emphasis on maintenance means that we will continue to work with you to ensure that your implant and surrounding gums and bone stay healthy. Typically, this means coming to our office for a follow-up appointment 6 months and 1 year following restoration of your dental implant. During this time you will continue to see your general dentist, but we want to ensure that before fully returning you to your dentists care your implant is healthy and has good long-term stability. Just like natural teeth, proper care and maintenance of your implant and implant-supported crown is the key to preserving an ideal outcome over time. Be sure to make routine follow-up appointments and keep your implant-supported tooth clean by brushing and flossing as instructed by your oral health professional.
With proper care, your implant(s) could last a lifetime.